Sea Level ‘Home Block’ Nelson Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Nelson
Review Date : 18-Aug-2015
Hand-picked clone 95 fruit, WBP, the ferment finished in 1-3 y.o. French oak puncheons to 12.5% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 months in barrel undergoing batonnage and MLF. Brilliant, even, straw-yellow colour with some depth and lemon-green hues on the rim. The nose is elegant and well-concentrated with a complex amalgam of ripe citrus fruit entwined with white and yellow stonefruits, creamy barrel-ferment elements, toasty oak, and nutty and flinty notes. The aromatics are fresh and detailed in complexity. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the flavours of ripe citrus and stonefruits are harmoniously interwoven with layers of creamy barrel-ferment, nuts and toasty oak. This has considerable nuance and complexing mealy interest. The palate is harmoniously balanced with light, lacy acid freshness and a very fine-textured line. The wine carries to a long, dry, nutty and toasty finish. This is an elegant, creamy, harmoniously integrated and complex layered Chardonnay with citrus, nutty and toasty flavours. Serve with roasted poultry, pork and veal over the next 4+ years. 18.0+/20 Aug 2015 RRP $24.95

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